Wednesday, July 7, 2010

A fascinating year for music

The Allmusic Blog takes on the year 1971. It's fun to peruse the lists of albums and singles released that year - the bulk of which I am familiar. I noticed that some of my personal faves, such as Alice Coltrane's gorgeous Journey in Satchidananda, Miles Davis' Jack Johnson soundtrack, and Gil Scott-Heron's Piece of a Man get mentioned. Of course Led Zep's fourth album is there, as was Sly & The Family Stone's There's a Riot Going On, and Jethro Tull's classic Aqualung. I was a little surprised that Pharoah Sanders releases from that year didn't merit a mention.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

The Tea Party is just another name for

The Republican Party (or at least the baser elements of the Republican Party's base). This is one of those points that bears repeating. Previously I've pointed to data showing the so-called "Tea Partiers" to be disproportionately white, privileged, and Republican-leaning in spite of their independent pretensions.

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Afghanistan in an acronym: FUBAR

Personally, I don't give a flying fuck about the dustup surrounding Michael Steele's comments on the Afghanistan war without end. The dude's gaffes are merely a distraction from his role as a leader and spokesperson for a radical right-wing nationalist party that exists only to screw as many people over as possible. Not quite my cup of tea, so to speak. Rather than pay any attention to that bozo's babbling safely from his Beltway bunker, I'll stick to independent journalists who've actually been in the field in Afghanistan, who have much more of a clue about what is going on. Take Ann Jones, who recently authored an article that relatively briefly details everything that has gone wrong in Afghanistan (h/t Juan Cole). Jones' account of the situation in Afghanistan is nothing short of devastating. Aside from a few in power, everyone gets screwed - from the troops on the ground to the civilians (especially women) of Afghanistan. Regrettably, hers is the story that you would never find in the NYT, CNN, and heaven forbid FauxNews.

While you're at it, check out Ann Jones' website, which has links to her articles, books, and photos.